Born: May 5, 1975
Place of Birth: Newark, NJ
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Raheem DeVaughn is an American singer and songwriter. His debut album, The Love Experience (2005), reached No. 46 on the US Billboard 200 album chart. It featured the singles "Guess Who Loves You More" and "You." His second album, Love Behind the Melody, was released in January 2008. It features the singles "Woman" and "Customer. "
DeVaughn was nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards for the single "Woman."
His third album, The Love & War MasterPeace, was released in 2010.
His fourth album, a Place Called Love Land, was released in 2013.
In 2015, he released his fifth album, Love Sex Passion.
DeVaughn released his sixth album, Decade of a Love King, on October 19, 2018.
On June 28, 2019, DeVaughn released The Love Reunion, his seventh studio album, featuring the lead single, "Just Right."
DeVaughn is the son of jazz cellist Abdul Wadud.
He was raised in Maryland (Montgomery and Prince George's counties) by his mother, Imani Smith, a now-retired federal worker. He is a cousin of singer Chrisette Michele.
His mother states that her son first expressed an affinity towards music in preschool, recalling how he would conduct it whenever the class had musical events.
DeVaughn's love for music solidified during his early teens when he began to envision his career path.
One of his favorite artists was Babyface, and Smith recalls that her son once begged her to visit Waxie Maxie's record store in the District to buy a promotional picture of the singer.
DeVaughn visited his father during the summer, mainly in New Jersey. With his father, DeVaughn attended gigs and experienced his first taste of the life of a working musician.
DeVaughn took a job at Tower Records, where he put price tags on CDs.
During that time, he also began working the D.C. music circuit—performing with various groups, the most prominent of which being Urbanave31, and at venues such as the State of the Union and Bar Nun on U Street NW, all while having CDs of his songs ready.
Locally in the DC Metro area, he attained relatively quick success, winning local awards and successfully releasing some independent work over the next few years.
He won $2,000 from the Washington DC nightclub Bar Nun talent show. CEO Cliff Jones (Soul World Entertainment) and partner Jerry Vines, now the singer's longtime manager, met DeVaughn while managing the Baltimore-based quartet Dru Hill and asked him to write a song for the group.
DeVaughn ultimately gained the attention of record producers DJ Jazzy Jeff (as Rahiem) and Kenny Burns (known as former A&R for Roc-A-Fella Records), and with the help of Jones and Vines, they signed a recording contract with Jive Records in 2002.
DeVaughn's first solo single released on a major label was the song entitled "Guess Who Loves You More."
His second single was "You."
DeVaughn's first Jive Records release, The Love Experience, was acclaimed, selling around 250,000 units. While promoting the album, DeVaughn wore a crown and cape at shows, a ploy to make himself stand out, calling himself the "Underground King."
Around this time, DeVaughn also began appearing at different shows in D.C. with artists such as W. Ellington Felton and Asheru of Unspoken Heard, hiding his face behind a hooded sweatshirt and performing under the alias Chronkite.
Felton comments that that alter ego was engendered for complicated reasons: "Chronkite represents that part of every artist who started what they're doing singing in front of a mirror as a child with a brush in their hand.
At that time, it was based on love, the initial attraction that draws you to music. In his business, unfortunately, your passion, love, and individuality as an artist can be stripped away the further you get into it."
His song "You" was featured in the Grand Theft Auto IV video game.
DeVaughn was nominated for "Best R&B Album" at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
In September 2013, DeVaughn released his fourth studio album, A Place Called Love Land, on the new label Mass Appeal Entertainment.
The first single released from the album was "Love Connection."
On March 3, 2014, DeVaughn released a mixtape for free download titled King of Loveland.